He came once to Mycenae, not as an enemy but as a guest, in company with Polynices
to recruit his forces, for they were levying war against the strong city of Thebes, and prayed our people for a body of picked men to help them.
Translated by Yorgos Blanas and Directed by Cezaris Grauzinis, the cast includes Yiannis Stankoglou as Eteocles and Giorgos Papandreou as Polynices
The romance recounts the fight between Eteocles and Polynices
about who is to rule Thebes.
Hence the question of allowing funeral rites for her dead brother, Polynices
, is not so much about the maltreatment meted out to him after 'death', but how Antigone struggles to assert her right, and eventually has to pay with her life, because of her rebellion against authority.
The final example of suicide we will be dealing with, is that of the famous female character Antigone, daughter of Oedipus and Jocasta, sister of Polynices
Rogers has cast two additional actors to play Eteocles and Polynices
for the film segment only.
However, this burial had been strictly forbidden by Creon, Antigone's uncle and the new king of Thebes, who believed that Polynices
had betrayed the Gods and the kingdom.
The story of Antigone, a set text at GCSE and A level, centres around the children of Oedipus - Antigone, her sister Ismene and brothers Polynices
He returns to prominence in the tragedy only when Teiresias alludes to his potential death (1064-8), which prompts Creon to finally change his mind (1095-7) and rush off to bury Polynices
and free Antigone (1108-14).
Book One is designed to disprove the position of Polynices
in Euripides' The Phoenician Women, that exile is an unhappy state in which to live.
56) Nor does Tisiphone attempt to infect him with impietas as she does with Polynices
and Eteocles in Book 1 (124-30).
is finally buried by the repentant Creon.